The Department of Advanced Materials Science was established as a center for education and research in materials science, with the founding faculty drawn from the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science, and Institute for Solid State Physics. Our primary missions are to pursue research aimed at unlocking the hidden potential of materials, and to create foundational sciences and technologies for the 21st century through mechanism elucidation and theory construction for various phenomena, invention of new devices, and establishment of innovative materials measurement techniques.
The term "materials science" encompasses an extremely broad spectrum of concepts, yet our department has designed its system of research to comprehensively cover this far-ranging discipline. Our faculty and students engage in diverse but closely coordinated genres of research, including basic materials research necessary for enhancing our understanding of the properties of materials; applied research for designing, manufacturing, and practically applying materials that offer new functions; and research for realizing efficient material cycles through full exploitation of each material involved. We have attracted global attention for our work in the development of such new materials as organic/inorganic semiconductors, high-temperature superconductors, oxide superlattices, and soft matter, as well as in the development of advanced metrologies and processing techniques for nanotechnology, including monomolecular reaction control/measurement, ultra-short pulsed laser spectroscopy, X-ray phase imaging, synchrotron radiation measurement, electron microscopy, high magnetic field technology, and plasma materials processing. As a means of further bolstering our research endeavors, we co-implement the university-wide frontier sciences project "From Quantum Mechanics to Materials Sciences," and the MEXT-sponsored COE project "Applied Physics on Strong Correlation" with the Graduate School of Engineering's Department of Applied Physics. The latter project, which is primarily intended to provide support to graduate students and young researchers, is helping to create an optimal environment for the pursuit of fulfilling research. We also actively interact with research institutes and scientists outside the university, as seen in our partnerships with RIKEN, collaborative research with the National Institute for Materials Science, and joint studies with many scientists around the world. At the same time, we are aggressively internationalizing our organization and programs to facilitate research that transcends national borders, and our international members include full-time and visiting faculty, as well as postdoctoral fellows and students. All these research activities have led to the publication of numerous papers in internationally respected journals, and have fostered graduates who have won honors from prestigious societies and incentive awards for young scientists
The advancement of learning and research for the benefit of society requires, more than anything else, the training of talented individuals capable of leading the way forward. The cultivation of tomorrow's materials scientists in a manner that incorporates the transdisciplinary approach-the guiding principle of the GSFS-can be achieved only through education that equips students with diverse experiences and in-depth expertise. In our department, students play a big role in realizing an environment of diversity, as many of them are graduates of schools and programs outside the realm of materials science. By capitalizing on this advantage, we have constructed a system of education that provides students with a good balance of the basic knowledge common to all materials science research and the advanced, specialized expertise needed to pursue investigations based on those fundamentals. Specifically, our faculty members teach the basic, universal skills and concepts through such courses as "Introduction to Advanced Materials Science (I-V)" and "Advanced Materials Science Seminar", and lead a variety of highly specialized courses representing their respective fields of expertise. Moreover, by including fundamental courses as part of the core curriculum, we help students to make the most out of their undergraduate experiences while efficiently acquiring knowledge in a broader array of disciplines. In our "Special Research on Advanced Materials Science" program, students engage in adviser-guided research that allows them to pick up the skills and techniques needed to truly pioneer new areas in materials science. Our international faculty members give lectures in English and teach the art of making presentations in English, with the aim of giving students the experience they need to ride the wave of internationalization. Through this diversified lineup of classes and advanced research opportunities, we put students in direct contact with the frontiers of materials science across the spectrum from basic science to applications in engineering.
Our comprehensive educational and research environment is guaranteed to reward students with a satisfying graduate study experience, so come join us and set sail for the fascinating world that awaits you.